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Mark D. Zelinka
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-103
Livermore, CA 94550
Office: (925) 423-5146
Email: zelinka1 at llnl.gov

I am an atmospheric scientist who researches climate change. I am interested in how much global warming we should expect from increasing greenhouse gases. This inevitably leads to the study of clouds, which cool the planet by reflecting sunlight back to space and warm the planet by reducing the infrared radiation emitted to space. How the balance of these competing effects changes as the planet warms (known collectively as the ‘cloud feedback’) largely determines how much warming accompanies increasing greenhouse gases. I use theory, observations, and global climate models to investigate these challenging questions.

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